Securing sufficient funding

As always, the first and initial part of our procurement projects is the process of securing sufficient funding.

This is achieved by applying for funds through the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure, administered by the Norwegian Research Council.

For the investment period 2020-2022, 10 October 2018 was the deadline by which this application had to be submitted. Sigma2 has worked extensively to prepare the application throughout the fall, in cooperation with our four partner universities, UiO, UiB, NTNU and UiT. It will come as no surprise that the amount applied for has steadily increased from 2014 through 2016 and up until today, and the 2018 application saw the largest amount to date.

Preliminary results expected in June 2019

The application was completed 5 October  followed by a QA check and finally submitted 9 October. Processing of the application by the Research Council takes from 12 to 15 months, but an initial indication of allocated funds is normally given after 8-9 months.